Edgar Britt began his international travels at an early stage of his career. Apprenticed to trainer Mick Polson, he visited the United States with him in 1933 where he won the Baltimore Handicap on Winooka.
After returning to Australia and winning the 1934 Sydney Cup, he accepted a retainer to ride in India. During his ten years there riding for various Maharajas, he headed the jockeys' premiership 8 times and won every race of importance in India.
In 1945 the Maharaja of Baroda invited him to ride in England where he remained until his retirement in 1959. During that time he rode the winners of some 1,200 races, including the Irish Derby and seven English classics: two Oaks, two St.Legers, two One Thousand Guineas, and a Thousand Guineas.
Between 1947 and 1956 he was always among the top half dozen jockeys on the premiership list, with his best year being 145 winners in 1948.
Britt was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.
Image Source: Australian Racing Museum Collection